Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Gaby Sanchez's demotion, Emilio Bonifacio's deactivation

by Keith Hernandez on May 21, 2012 @ 17:45:57 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Miami Marlins OF Chris Coghlan
Coghlan might deserve a look

The Miami Marlins gave up on scuffling first baseman Gaby Sanchez on Saturday, optioning him to Triple-A New Orleans after he opened his third full season in the bigs hitting only .197 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 131 plate appearances.

There is a good chance we'll see him back up eventually, but the Fish want to see him get some confidence back at the minor league level before he returns. Improvements in his batting eye last year suggested potential BA growth, but he's struggled out of the gates after a weak second half last season (.225).

Ozzie Guillen thinks Sanchez has been trying too hard and is rushing himself in the batter's box. A low BABIP (.232) and an increase in infield fly balls haven't helped his case. Guillen won't rule out bringing Sanchez back after 10 days when he's eligible, but his timetable might be tied more to the status of Emilio Bonifacio (sprained left thumb).

Bonifacio landed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. The combination of the demotion of Sanchez and the deactivation of Boni paves the way for Guillen to be creative with some spots. Logan Morrison started at first Sunday and is expected to be the regular there while Sanchez tinkers with his approach. The thinking is that putting Morrison at first base will take the strain off his surgically repaired right knee; he'd been receiving occasional days off to prevent any setbacks.

Greg Dobbs could see occasional starts if Morrison is out of the lineup, but Guillen prefers to use Dobbs as a utility man/pinch hitter late in ballgames. Austin Kearns is another option if he's not starting in the outfield.

Coghlan Petersen
10-tm mixed Pass Pass
12-tm mixed Watch Pass
15-tm mixed Consider Watch
NL-only Acquire Acquire

Bryan Petersen is rather blah, but with Bonifacio ailing, he'll be left to patrol center field. Petersen (.265/.357/.387 in 241 PAs last year) doesn't do anything that stands out, and he may be nothing more than a warm body in NL-onlys and deep enough mixed leagues.

Chris Coghlan was recalled from Class AAA to take Sanchez's roster spot. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year was a huge disappointment in his sophomore campaign, and he did nothing to inspire last year in 269 at-bats (.230-5-22). He was hitting .275 with no homers and seven RBIs in 69 at-bats before his call-up.

The soon-to-be 27-year-old lefty was plagued by a poor hit rate last season, but his improvement in contact suggests he may be able to rediscover a little bit of magic from his rookie journey. It's worth watching to see how he'll be used, but it's likely he'll form some sort of platoon with Kearns in left field.

Petersen and Coghlan can both serve as short-term outfield fixes in cavernous mixed leagues and NL-only universes, and the latter is a more intriguing option. Coghlan could stick if he proves valuable in platoon duty; Petersen is mainly a short-term fill-in for Bonifacio.

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Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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